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Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy (BSPT)

College of Medical of Health Sciences

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Physiotherapy is a science-based healthcare profession which utilises physical approaches in the promotion, rehabilitation and maintenance of an individual’s functional movement poten-tial, psychological and social well being. A challenging and exciting aspect of this profession is the wide scope of knowledge and clinical practice in terms of patient and client groups (ie neurological, cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics and pediatrics), and healthcare delivery settings (eg hospitals, health centres, community-based organisations, industry and private clinics).

Programme Aims

  • Acquire a sound scientific foundation and to develop competency in basic clinical skills both of which are essential in order to safely and effectively treat patients.
  • Develop skills in critical thinking and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments based on the latest evidence.
  • Gain basic knowledge, skills and experience in health-care research methodology.
  • Develop skills in life-long learning and therefore respond to the dynamic nature of the healthcare profession and the changing health needs of the community.

Employability

Graduates can expect to find employment as entry level professional physiotherapists within the public and private health sectors in Bahrain and internationally. In addition, the transferable skills obtained on this degree programme enable graduates to apply for employment in health promotion in the hospitals, private clinics, community centres, sports facilities, fitness centres, industrial clinics, insurance companies and academic fields as clinical instructors, graduate assistants or laboratory demonstrators.

Study Plan

First Year

Students will take core courses required at the college and university level. A General Anatomy course is taken in the second semester of the first year which is the basic foundation of all physiotherapy courses.

Second Year

Pre-clinical training and physiotherapy courses start in the second year and consist of class-room as well as laboratory work which aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the core biomedical, behavioural and technological sciences as well as an introduction to basic clinical skills.

As part of the course in Basic Clinical Practice, students will complete certification courses for Adult and Paediatric Life Support as well as a defibrillator course which make them UK- and Bahrain certified first aiders for three years.

Third Year

In third year, clinical education is equally balanced across the two major specialities in physiotherapy: Orthopaedics (incorporating musculoskeletal) and Cardiopulmonary. Students will be exposed to orthopaedic and cardiopulmonary medicine. 12 hours of supervised clinical training per week will be allotted for the Clinical Orthopaedic and Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy throughout each semester.

Fourth Year

All students are required to attend a Research theoretical course PHRM 498 [Research Methods in Physiotherapy] and must complete a final year research project PHTH 499 [Major Project in Physiotherapy] which requires the students to choose a research topic and to conduct data collection and report writing under supervision.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission at the undergraduate level, an applicant should normally hold a recently issued recognized secondary school certificate or its equivalent. The requirements for admission stated by the University are in all cases the minimum demanded for admission, and their fulfilment by a candidate does not automatically ensure his /her selection. Prior to enrolling at Ahlia University, citizens of non-GCC States should secure residence permits in the Kingdom of Bahrain; otherwise, their admission will be conditional and subject to being rescinded at the discretion of the University

English Language Proficiency

Applicants must demonstrate a level of English proficiency consistent with the demands of an academic programme taught and assessed almost exclusively in the English language. This can be done in one of the following ways:

  • Submission of an internationally recognized certificate of English language proficiency, e.g. Cambridge ESOL SCE or City & Guild’s Pitman Intermediate Level.
  • Attainment of an acceptable score on an internationally recognized examination of English language proficiency, typically either IELTS or TOFEL.
  • Passing the University English language placement test.

Recognized Secondary Certificates

  • Bahraini secondary School certificate (Tawjihia).
  • Secondary school certificates awarded by private secondary school in the Kingdom of Bahrain provided such certificates are endorsed by the Bahraini Ministry of Education.
  • Arab secondary school certificates awarded by Arab Ministries of Education. Where applicable, the streams of these certificates are given the same consideration as the Bahraini Tawjihia.
  • Any other certificates recognized by the Bahraini Ministry of Education as equivalent to a Tawjihia certificate.

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees

The estimated duration for completion of a Bachelors Degree at Ahlia University is 4 years. This is structured around 134 credit-hours covering 45 courses.

The duration of study for each course is fifteen weeks, covering approximately 45 study hours.

Item Fee
Application Fee BD 20
Registration Fee BD 200
Placement Tests Fee ( if applicable ) BD 40
Orientation Courses ( if applicable ) BD 1,200
100 Level Courses – 12 courses ( BD 300 Per Course ) BD 3,600
200 Level Courses – 11 courses ( BD 330 Per Course ) BD 3,630
300 Level Courses – 11 courses ( BD 360 Per Course ) BD 3,960
400 Level Courses – 11 courses ( BD 390 Per Course ) BD 4,290

Tuition Discounts

Item Discount
Orphans and people with special needs 50%
High school average of 95% or above 50%
High school average of 90% or above 25%
High school average of 80% or above 20%